Call to the Spring Annual Meeting

Call to the Spring Annual Meeting of the New Haven Association 
All authorized ministers, lay delegates, officers of the Association, and members in discernment are called to meet on Thursday, May 8, 2014

at The Spring Glen Church, UCC
1825 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT
[Directions at www.springglenchurch.org]

Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
Worship and Meeting at 7:00.

Business items:

Our program: Raising Awareness of Incarceration Effects on Our Communities

Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, Associate Pastor at the Church of the Redeemer, will lead the program. The program will provide an opportunity for a service project to help those returning to the community after incarceration. The Association will provide simple backpacks that we'll "stuff" with basic necessities. Please see the item your church is asked to bring as its donation to be included in the backpacks.

As Christians, we will be judged, Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:31-46, by how well we care for the hungry, the thirsty, the poor and the imprisoned.

In our society, the people who fit that description the best are the 7.3 million people currently under correctional control, 2.3 million of whom are in prison or jail, while the remaining 5 million are kept in a permanent poverty by the rules of parole and probation and the legal discrimination against them in housing, employment, and public assistance.

There are clear connections between racism, politics, targeted enforcement of the War on Drugs and the intractable poverty that it creates. These issues have been out of sight for most of us yet as Christians concerned with human justice, we need to become aware of this injustice in our midst.

Marilyn Baugh Kendrix currently serves at the Associate Pastor for Faith Formation at the Church of the Redeemer in New Haven, CT. In May of 2013, Marilyn received her Master's of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a certificate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She was the recipient of the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise in pastoral leadership, the highest prize that Yale Divinity School confers on a graduating student each year, for her work in raising awareness about mass incarceration in America.

Requested Items for the Backpacks

Bethany First Church of Christ, Congregational – 36 combs or brushes
First Congregational Church, Cheshire – 18 pairs of warm socks
United Church of Christ in Devon – easily portable snacks
Dunbar United Church of Christ – 18 tubes of toothpaste
Mount Carmel Congregational Church – 18 toothbrushes
Spring Glen Church – 18 tubes of toothpaste
Whitneyville United Church of Christ – easily portable snacks
First United Church of Christ, Congregational (Milford) – 18 cakes of soap
Wildermere Beach Congregational Church – 18 cakes of soap
Woodmont United Church of Christ – disposable razors for 18 backpacks
Dixwell Avenue United Church of Christ -- disposable razors for 18 backpacks
First Church of Christ in New Haven – 18 deodorants
Pilgrim Congregational Church – 18 cans of shaving cream
Church of the Redeemer -- New Haven bus tokens
Shalom United Church of Christ -- 18 washcloths and 18 face towels
United Church on the Green – 18 deodorants
Orange Congregational Church – 18 cans of shaving cream
First Congregational Church of Wallingford – 18 pairs of warm socks
First Congregational Church of West Haven – 18 toothbrushes
First Church of Christ, Woodbridge -- 18 wash cloths and 18 face towels

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